We like cycling. The downhill breezes, uphill strains, aromas and odors of outside are all part of its joy. Here are 5 of our favorite bike rides through Brooklyn.
(Note: The directions listed mark the distance of a one-way trip. Keep this in mind before starting on any of these rides.)
1. Ocean Parkway to Manhattan Beach (6.6 miles)
For this ride, start at Church Avenue and Ocean Parkway and continue South along the path until you've almost hit the water. From there, you will want to bike along Riegelmann Boardwalk to see Brighton Beach. After, make the loop from Brighton 15th to Brighton Beach Av to Corbin Pl to Oriental Boulevard, and from there, continue until you get to Manhattan Beach Park. The neighborhood generally stays hidden as only buses service the area. This enclave of a few thousand people is typically quiet aside from the summer months, when revelers crowd the beaches.
2. Shore Road to Promenade (6.6 Miles)
Starting at John Paul Jones Park, make your way through the cresting hills of Shore Road until you reach Bay Ridge Avenue. From there, turn left to see the American Veterans Memorial Pier. Continue along the bike path that hugs the water all the way to Bensonhurst and enjoy the views of the Verrazano Bridge, The Narrows, and Gravesend Bay. The path will end at the Caesar's Bay Mall.
3. Belt Parkway Loop (7.3 Miles)
East Brooklyn is a strange place, full of beaches, marshes, and lots of wildlife. For this route, start on Emmons Avenue and Knapp Street and make your way down the Belt Parkway bike path until you reach Betts Creek. Through your ride, you'll enjoy riding over several bridges and getting to observing parts of Brooklyn that most don't get to see.
4. Williamsburg to Red Hook (7.4 Miles)
For this ride, start at McCarren Park and make your way down the bike paths by the water along Kent Avenue, Flushing Avenue, York Street, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway and Columbia Street. Along the way, you'll pass by the three major East River bridges, get great glimpses of the Manhattan skyline, and see some old industrial relics in Red Hook.
5. Prospect Park Loop to Lincoln Terrace Park (6.3 Miles)
For this route, start at Grand Army Plaza and head to Prospect Park, which has a bike path that loops around the whole park. After enjoying your ride there, you should be back where you started. From there, turn right onto the tree-lined Eastern Parkway path and take a breather at Lincoln Terrace Park.
What are your favorite bike rides in the five boroughs? Let us know in the comments!